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Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)

Public Record Office Victoria (State Archives of Victoria, Australia)
North Melbourne, Australia

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Dated a month after the Glenrowan siege, this four-page statement written by Sergeant Arthur Steele of the Wangaratta Police Station, delivers his account of what transpired at Kellys last stand. While recognised and credited as the officer who caused Kelly to fall and be captured, Steele was also criticised for firing at bystanders. This document contains Steeles version of the events that led to the dispute with Constable James Arthur.

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  • Title: Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage Sergeant Steele's Statement re Glenrowan outrage
  • Creator: Public Record Office Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Date Created: 1880-07-20
  • Provenance: VPRS 4966 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 2 RECORD 1, VPRS 4966 P0 UNIT 1 ITEM 2 RECORD 1
  • Transcript: fell, his helmet rolled off and as I approached him he again tried to firing his revolver (?) on me but I seized hold of it and turned it away, he discharging it in my hand I then knocked it from him, and seized him by the right wrist and throat and held him down, until assistance came up.- Myself S. C. Kelly & Const. Bracken with others divested him of his armour Bracken & myself carried him to the Railway Station where he was attended by Dr Nicholson.- When the accused was removed from Prison I noticed a watch in his waistcoat pocket which I pulled out and looked at but finding it was not Sergt Kennedys I returned it, I asked him where Kennedys watch was, and he replied, I could not tell you It would not do for me to tell, ? asked him why he shot Scanlan and Sergt Kennedy he said he had to shoot them or they would have shot

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